MD1272 Revised Super-Connected Cities Plan

Type of decision: 
Mayoral decision
Code: 
MD1272
Date signed: 
04 April 2014
Decision by: 
Boris Johnson MP (past staff), Mayor of London

Executive summary

Since last reporting to the Investment & Performance Board on 20 November 2012 and obtaining Mayoral authority to proceed with the London Super-Connected Cities Plan (SCCP) on 12 December 2012, officers have been working intensively with Broadband Delivery UK Limited (BDUK – Government investment vehicle to drive the SCCP programme across UK) who are managing the Urban Broadband Fund (UBF) on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Changes in European Commission broadband guidelines, other UK cities’ experience of similar schemes and DCMS’s resulting modification of the UBF and the BDUK UBF assurance programme have led to the need to revise the scope of the SCCP. This entails a move from a four-strand, supplied-led scheme for the installation of infrastructure to two-strands: a demand-led SME voucher scheme & a public Wi-Fi scheme.

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice